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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822306/xyloglucan-endotransglucosylase-hydrolases-xths-are-inactivated-by-binding-to-glass-and-cellulosic-surfaces-and-released-in-active-form-by-a-heat-stable-polymer-from-cauliflower-florets
#1
Sandra C Sharples, Tu C Nguyen-Phan, Stephen C Fry
Xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET) activity, which cuts and re-joins hemicellulose chains in the plant cell wall, contributing to wall assembly and growth regulation, is the major activity of XTH proteins. During purification, XTHs often lose XET activity which, however, is restored by treatment with certain cold-water-extractable, heat-stable polymers (CHPs), e.g. from cauliflower florets. It was not known whether the XTH-activating factor (XAF) present in CHPs works by promoting (e.g. allosterically) XET activity or by re-solubilising sequestered XTH proteins...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822273/ligand-binding-characterization-of-simulated-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-schistocerca-gregaria-via-progressive-structure-simulation
#2
Hui-Meng Lu, Xiao-Li Lu, Jia-Hui Zhai, Ren-Bin Zhou, Yan-Li Qin, Jing-Di Li, Chen-Yan Zhang, Jian-Yu Shi
It is important to design insecticides having both low drug resistance and less undesirable toxicity for desert locust control. Specific GPCRs of Schistocerca gregaria, especially β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor (SgOctβR), can be considered as its potential effective insecticide targets. However, either the unavailability of SgOctβR's structure or the inadequate capability of its sequence lead the development of insecticide for Schistocerca gregaria meets its plateau. To relax this difficulty, this paper develops a promising progressive structure simulation from SgOctβR's sequence, to its predicted structure of SgOctβR in vacuum, to its conformation as well as its complex with endogenous ligand octopamine in a solvent-membrane system...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822266/endogenous-non-enzymatic-antioxidants-in-the-human-body
#3
Iwona Mirończuk-Chodakowska, Anna Maria Witkowska, Małgorzata Elżbieta Zujko
The exposure of cells, tissues and extracellular matrix to harmful reactive species causes a cascade of reactions and induces activation of multiple internal defence mechanisms (enzymatic or non-enzymatic) that provide removal of reactive species and their derivatives. The non-enzymatic antioxidants are represented by molecules characterized by the ability to rapidly inactivate radicals and oxidants. This paper focuses on the major intrinsic non-enzymatic antioxidants, including metal binding proteins (MBPs), glutathione (GSH), uric acid (UA), melatonin (MEL), bilirubin (BIL) and polyamines (PAs)...
August 16, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822163/-mechanism-of-treatment-effect-of-huanglian-huangqin-herb-pairs-on-cerebral-ischemia-rats-based-on-metabolomic-approach
#4
Hui-Ting Cao, Hua-Xu Zhu, Qi-Chun Zhang, Li-Wei Guo
The metabolic effect of Huanglian-Huangqin herb pairs on cerebral ischemia rats was studied by using metabolomic method. The rat model of ischemia reperfusion injury induced by introduction of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) followed by reperfusion. Ultra high performance liquid chromatography-series four pole time of flight mass spectrometry method(UPLC-Q-TOF/MS), Markerlynx software, and principal component analysis and partial least-squares discriminant analysis were used to analyze the different endogenous metabolites among the urine samples of sham rats, cerebral ischemia model rats, Huanglian groups (HL), Huangqin groups (HQ) and Huanglian-Huangqin herb pairs groups (LQ) was achieved, combined with accurate information about the endogenous metabolites level and secondary fragment ions, retrieval and identification of possible biological markers, metabolic pathway which build in MetPA database...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822061/co-ultramicronized-palmitoylethanolamide-luteolin-facilitates-the-development-of-differentiating-and-undifferentiated-rat-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells
#5
Stephen D Skaper, Massimo Barbierato, Laura Facci, Mila Borri, Gabriella Contarini, Morena Zusso, Pietro Giusti
Oligodendrocytes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system (CNS), have limited capability to bring about repair in chronic CNS neuroinflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS lesions are characterized by a compromised pool of undifferentiated oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) unable to mature into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes. An attractive strategy may be to replace lost OLs and/or promote their maturation. N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) is an endogenous fatty acid amide signaling molecule with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective actions...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821995/expression-of-the-pol-gene-of-human-endogenous-retroviruses-herv-k-and-w-in-leukemia-patients
#6
Massimiliano Bergallo, Paola Montanari, Katia Mareschi, Chiara Merlino, Massimo Berger, Ilaria Bini, Valentina Daprà, Ilaria Galliano, Franca Fagioli
The human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are a family of endogenous retroviruses that integrated into the germ cell DNA of primates over 30 million years ago. HERV expression seems impaired in several diseases, ranging from autoimmune to neoplastic disorders. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the overall endogenous retroviral transcription profile in bone marrow (BM) samples. A total of 30 paediatric high-risk leukaemia patients (lymphoid and myeloid malignancies) were tested for HERVs virus gene expression...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821830/disease-syndrome-combination-modeling-metabolomic-strategy-for-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#7
Shasha Li, Peng Xu, Ling Han, Wei Mao, Yiming Wang, Guoan Luo, Nizhi Yang
Conventional disease animal models have limitations on the conformity to the actual clinical situation. Disease-syndrome combination (DS) modeling may provide a more efficient strategy for biomedicine research. Disease model and DS model of renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease were established by ligating the left ureter and by ligating unilateral ureteral combined with exhaustive swimming, respectively. Serum metabolomics was conducted to evaluate disease model and DS model by using ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821741/predicting-the-murine-enterocyte-metabolic-response-to-diets-that-differ-in-lipid-and-carbohydrate-composition
#8
Neeraj Sinha, Maria Suarez-Diez, Evert M van Schothorst, Jaap Keijer, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Guido J E J Hooiveld
The small intestine serves as gatekeeper at the interface between body and diet and is thought to play an important role in the etiology of obesity and associated metabolic disorders. A computational modelling approach was used to improve our understanding of the metabolic responses of epithelial cells to different diets. A constraint based, mouse-specific enterocyte metabolic model (named mmu_ENT717) was constructed to describe the impact of four fully characterized semi-purified diets, that differed in lipid and carbohydrate composition, on uptake, metabolism, as well as secretion of carbohydrates and lipids...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821731/stability-in-metabolic-phenotypes-and-inferred-metagenome-profiles-before-the-onset-of-colitis-induced-inflammation
#9
M Glymenaki, A Barnes, S O' Hagan, G Warhurst, A J McBain, I D Wilson, D B Kell, K J Else, S M Cruickshank
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with altered microbiota composition and metabolism, but it is unclear whether these changes precede inflammation or are the result of it since current studies have mainly focused on changes after the onset of disease. We previously showed differences in mucus gut microbiota composition preceded colitis-induced inflammation and stool microbial differences only became apparent at colitis onset. In the present study, we aimed to investigate whether microbial dysbiosis was associated with differences in both predicted microbial gene content and endogenous metabolite profiles...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821675/synergistic-toxicity-of-polyglutamine-expanded-tbp-in-glia-and-neuronal-cells-therapeutic-implications-for-sca17
#10
Yang Yang, Su Yang, Jifeng Guo, Yiting Cui, Baisha Tang, Xiao-Jiang Li, Shihua Li
Spinocerebellar ataxia 17 (SCA17) is caused by polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat expansion in the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and is among a family of neurodegenerative diseases in which polyQ expansion leads to preferential neuronal loss in the brain. Although previous studies have demonstrated that expression of polyQ-expanded proteins in glial cells can cause neuronal injury via non-cell-autonomous mechanisms, these studies investigated animal models that overexpress transgenic mutant proteins. Since glial cells are particularly reactive to overexpressed mutant proteins, it is important to investigate the in vivo role of glial dysfunction in neurodegeneration when mutant polyQ proteins are endogenously expressed...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821667/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-in-the-dorsomedial-striatum-is-a-novel-positive-regulator-of-alcohol-consumption
#11
Oren Even-Chen, Yossi Sadot-Sogrin, Ohad Shaham, Segev Barak
Repeated alcohol intake leads to mesostriatal neuroadaptations, resulting in drinking escalation and addiction phenotypes. Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) has been shown to interact with the mesostriatal dopaminergic system, and has been implicated in the actions of psychostimulants in the brain, and in several psychiatric disorders. Here, we report on a positive regulatory feedback loop of alcohol and FGF2 in rodent models. Specifically, we found that acute alcohol exposure (2.5 g/kg, i.p.) increased the mRNA expression of Fgf2 in the dorsal hippocampus, nucleus accumbens and dorsal striatum...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821664/differential-desensitization-observed-at-multiple-effectors-of-somatic-mu-opioid-receptors-underlies-sustained-agonist-mediated-inhibition-of-proopiomelanocortin-neuron-activity
#12
Philip D Fox, Shane T Hentges
Activation of somatic mu opioid receptors (MORs) in hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons leads to the activation of G-protein-coupled inward rectifier potassium (GIRK) channels and hyperpolarization, but in response to continued signaling, MORs undergo acute desensitization resulting in robust reduction in the peak GIRK current after minutes of agonist exposure. We hypothesized that the attenuation of the GIRK current would lead to a recovery of neuronal excitability whereby desensitization of the receptor would lead to a new steady-state of POMC neuron activity reflecting the sustained GIRK current observed after the initial decline from peak with continued agonist exposure...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821623/proteolytic-cleavage-by-the-imp-complex-or-oct1-peptidase-controls-the-localization-of-the-yeast-peroxiredoxin-prx1-to-distinct-mitochondrial-compartments
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Fernando Gomes, Flavio Romero Palma, Mario H Barros, Eduardo T Tsuchida, Helena G Turano, Thiago G P Alegria, Marilene Demasi, Luis E S Netto
Yeast Prx1 is a mitochondrial 1-Cys peroxiredoxin that catalyzes the reduction of endogenously generated H2O2 Prx1 is synthesized on cytosolic ribosomes as a preprotein with a cleavable N-terminal presequence that is the mitochondrial targeting signal, but the mechanisms underlying Prx1 distribution to distinct mitochondrial subcompartments are unknown. Here, we provide direct evidence of the following dual mitochondrial localization of Prx1: a soluble form in the intermembrane space and a form in the matrix weakly associated with the inner mitochondrial membrane...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821622/the-replication-and-transcription-activator-of-murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-cooperatively-enhances-cytokine-activated-stat3-mediated-gene-expression
#14
Hui-Chen Chang Foreman, Julie Armstrong, Alexis L Santana, Laurie T Krug, Nancy C Reich
Gammaherpesviruses (γΗVs) have a dynamic strategy for life-time persistence, involving productive infection, latency, and intermittent reactivation. In latency reservoirs, such as B lymphocytes, γΗV exists as a viral episome and expresses few viral genes. Although the ability of γHV to reactivate from latency and re-enter the lytic phase is challenging to investigate and control, it is known that the γΗV replication and transcription activator, RTA, can promote lytic reactivation. In this study, we provide first evidence that RTA of murine γΗV 68 (MHV68) selectively binds and enhances the activity of tyrosine-phosphorylated host STAT3...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821601/high-sensitivity-quantitative-proteomics-using-automated-multidimensional-nano-flow-chromatography-and-accumulated-ion-monitoring-on-quadrupole-orbitrap-linear-ion-trap-mass-spectrometer
#15
Paolo Cifani, Alex Kentsis
Quantitative proteomics using high-resolution and accuracy mass spectrometry promises to transform our understanding of biological systems and disease. Recent development of parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) using hybrid instruments substantially improved the specificity of targeted mass spectrometry. Combined with high-efficiency ion trapping, this approach also provided significant improvements in sensitivity. Here, we investigated the effects of ion isolation and accumulation on the sensitivity and quantitative accuracy of targeted proteomics using the recently developed hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap-linear ion trap mass spectrometer...
August 18, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821584/transcriptome-analysis-of-mycobacteria-specific-cd4-t-cells-identified-by-activation-induced-expression-of-cd154
#16
Shajo Kunnath-Velayudhan, Michael F Goldberg, Neeraj K Saini, Christopher T Johndrow, Tony W Ng, Alison J Johnson, Jiayong Xu, John Chan, William R Jacobs, Steven A Porcelli
Analysis of Ag-specific CD4(+) T cells in mycobacterial infections at the transcriptome level is informative but technically challenging. Although several methods exist for identifying Ag-specific T cells, including intracellular cytokine staining, cell surface cytokine-capture assays, and staining with peptide:MHC class II multimers, all of these have significant technical constraints that limit their usefulness. Measurement of activation-induced expression of CD154 has been reported to detect live Ag-specific CD4(+) T cells, but this approach remains underexplored and, to our knowledge, has not previously been applied in mycobacteria-infected animals...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821460/long-term-effects-of-hydrogen-sulfide-on-the-anabolic-catabolic-balance-of-articular-cartilage-in-vitro
#17
A Vela-Anero, T Hermida-Gomez, L Gato-Calvo, C Vaamonde-García, S Diaz-Prado, R Meijide-Faílde, F J Blanco, E F Burguera
Healthy cartilage maintenance relies on an equilibrium among the anabolic and catabolic processes in chondrocytes. With the onset of osteoarthritis (OA), increased interleukin (IL)-1β levels induce an inhibition of the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, as well as an increase in proteases. This eventually leads to a predominance of the catabolic phenotype and the progressive loss of articular cartilage. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a small gaseous molecule recognized as the third endogenous gasotransmitter...
August 15, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820963/ketone-body-acetoacetate-buffers-methylglyoxal-via-a-non-enzymatic-conversion-during-diabetic-and-dietary-ketosis
#18
Trine Salomón, Christian Sibbersen, Jakob Hansen, Dieter Britz, Mads Vandsted Svart, Thomas Schmidt Voss, Niels Møller, Niels Gregersen, Karl Anker Jørgensen, Johan Palmfeldt, Thomas Bjørnskov Poulsen, Mogens Johannsen
The α-oxoaldehyde methylglyoxal is a ubiquitous and highly reactive metabolite known to be involved in aging- and diabetes-related diseases. If not detoxified by the endogenous glyoxalase system, it exerts its detrimental effects primarily by reacting with biopolymers such as DNA and proteins. We now demonstrate that during ketosis, another metabolic route is operative via direct non-enzymatic aldol reaction between methylglyoxal and the ketone body acetoacetate, leading to 3-hydroxyhexane-2,5-dione. This novel metabolite is present at a concentration of 10%-20% of the methylglyoxal level in the blood of insulin-starved patients...
August 17, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
#19
Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820879/a-kinetic-view-of-gpcr-allostery-and-biased-agonism
#20
J Robert Lane, Lauren T May, Robert G Parton, Patrick M Sexton, Arthur Christopoulos
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are one of the most tractable classes of drug targets. These dynamic proteins can adopt multiple active states that are linked to distinct functional outcomes. Such states can be differentially stabilized by ligands interacting with the endogenous agonist-binding orthosteric site and/or by ligands acting via spatially distinct allosteric sites, leading to the phenomena of 'biased agonism' or 'biased modulation'. These paradigms are having a major impact on modern drug discovery, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that 'kinetic context', at the level of both ligand-receptor and receptor-signal pathway kinetics, can have a profound impact on the observation and quantification of these phenomena...
August 18, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
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